Not only is the Vendee home to beautiful beaches, picturesque villages and countless leisure activities, it is also known for its fantastic selection of museums that cast a spotlight on the region's fascinating past.
Learn about what makes the people of Vendee tick, discovering their traditions and the different aspects of life that have shaped the district over the centuries.
A must-visit is the Historial de la Vendee - the area's most prized museum which spans 7,000 years of history. Dive deep into the past through innovative interactive technology, meeting early Neolithic hunters and Renaissance revolutionaries along the way.
The displays are both fun and informative, and if you've got little ones with you, make sure you take them to the Children's Museum within it, which is designed to make their educational experience as engaging as possible.
Also not to be missed is Musee Vendeen, otherwise known as Musee de Fontenay-la-Comte. Here visitors can admire Gallo-Roman glass collections from the 11th century AD, as well as ethnological pieces such as hunting and fishing equipment, wood furniture, regional costumes and jewellery.
There is a fine arts gallery on the top floor celebrating the Vendee's homegrown artists, including landscapes from C Milcendeau and 19th century portraits by P Baudy.
The Vendee is further home to a number of themed museums, which would be great for entertaining the kids.
Maison de la Meunerie is a restored watermill from the 18th century that had life breathed into it during the 1990s. Watch all the cogs and gears in action as they turn the mill stones, before walking around the miller's house, furnished as it would have been back then.
Alternatively, check out Manoir des Sciences de Reaumur, which is dedicated to the inventions and inner workings of the great French scientist, who was local lord and director of the Academie Royale des Science before his death in 1757.
As the founder of industrial steel and the spirit thermometer, his legacy is very important and there are many objects of interest to browse at the museum.
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